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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21982: Stuart McMillan (Greenock and Inverclyde)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 7 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to deliver the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 14 March 2019

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) is currently in the development phase. Professor Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Advisor Marine for the Scottish Government is fully engaged in that process, specifically he:

  • contributed to the Multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event at the UN in New York in January 2019;
  • is actively engaged in the production of the World Ocean Assessment 2, the underlying report which will be published in 2020;
  • is working with Professor Ed Hill from the National Oceanographic Network and UK lead to the UNESCO International Oceanographic Commission, with respect to delivering a planning workshop on 9 May 2019;
  • will attend the 1 st Global Planning Meeting which will be convened 13-15 May 2019, in Copenhagen.

Following each event, updates are provided to the Scottish Government and the wider scientific community.